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Training & Benefits

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Training & Career Development

We are committed to developing the careers of our legal staff and inspiring them to be their best.

Legal staff in all our services are given early responsibility and immediate client contact, but there is also a great amount of Principal support and accessibility.

Group Leader system

We have a unique Group Leader system to ensure that all legal staff receive performance feedback and a clear career development path. Legal staff members are assigned a Principal Group Leader to act as a mentor and provide work evaluations. Group Leaders give semiannual reviews and constant professional development advice.

Fall Orientation

Each year we host a firm-wide Fall Orientation designed to help transition junior legal staff who are new to the firm. This two-day program helps orient and integrate legal staff through interactive presentations by firm management in an effort to give a complete overview of the firm and the functions of our individual practice groups and departments.

Patent Training 

We have developed in-house training programs to give all legal staff the opportunity to receive hands-on, ongoing education. Our Patent Boot Camp is a series of intensive two-day seminars taught by our Principals on practical skills. The Boot Camp combines lectures and hands-on exercises designed to familiarize Junior Associates and Technology Specialists with the major milestones in patent prosecution, and to help them become proficient at the best practices for handling prosecution tasks.

Litigation Training

Our litigation training programs blend instruction using the time test NITA learning-by-doing method with more traditional lecture series given by both in-house and outside experts. NITA’s most experienced instructors have been consistently highly rated over their years of instruction. We also utilize Fish principals on the faculty which enhances the instruction process into practical insights and tips focused directly on our practice and unique client needs. Our in-house NITA programs exceed the experience that many public courses can offer.

The Fish Litigation University program is a monthly videoconference training series for all litigators. Topics deal with all phases of litigation. For each phase a module focuses on best practices, providing models and forms, and promoting efficient skills. The goal of the series is to arm litigation associates with the ability to provide efficient and high quality work product. The programs are taught by principals recognized for their expertise in the particular litigation skill.

Thursday Forum

The Thursday Forum is a long-standing, firm-wide program designed to bring legal staff together for the purposes of sharing information, developing collegial relationships, and keeping staff abreast of new developments in the firm’s practice groups. On the first Thursday of each month, each office holds a luncheon to provide an opportunity for the legal staff to come together and socialize. On the second Thursday of each month, there is a firmwide videoconference with a substantive presentation. Topics are diverse and usually cover different legal issues and industry trends. On the last Thursday of each month, each office hosts a social for all local employees to provide an opportunity for all members of a Fish office to come together and socialize at month’s end.

There is an amazing capacity here to gain and share expertise. These training and mentoring programs help ensure that all legal staff members have an equal footing upon which to build successful legal careers.

Benefits

We value an employee-friendly atmosphere and provide a wide selection of benefits to help protect your and your family’s health, wealth, and well-being.

Health and welfare

  • Health and dental insurance, including domestic partner coverage
  • 401(k) plan for Associates (immediate eligibility)
  • 401(k) profit-sharing plan with a firm contribution (for non-Associates)
  • Reduced goal work arrangements
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care
  • Transportation expense plan for parking and transit
  • Term life and AD&D insurance
  • Voluntary dependent life insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance (non-legal)
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Leaves of absence: paid maternity/paternity, personal, and family medical leave
  • Employee assistance program
  • Vacation and sick leave (non-legal)
  • 12 paid holidays a year
  • Backup child care
  • Health care advocacy
  • Worldwide emergency travel assistance

Policies for new legal staff 

State bar membership 

We allow lateral hires paid time off and billable goal reductions to take the bar exams for their local jurisdictions after they have started work. We also cover the cost of the exam, the cost of one review course, and state bar fees.

We pay mandatory state bar fees in the jurisdiction in which the attorney resides and works for our firm. We also pay Virginia bar dues for attorneys in our Washington, DC, office who practice on behalf of our firm on a regular basis in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

State bar exam for law school graduates 

New law school graduates receive reimbursement for one bar review course and bar registration fees for the bar in the state in which the graduate will reside and work for our firm. These graduates are also eligible for a $10,000 salary advance to assist with expenses while studying for the bar exam.

Patent bar 

Certain positions at the firm require attorneys to take the USPTO Patent Agent examination.  We allow paid time off for employees who are required by the firm to take the USPTO Patent Agent exam after they have started work.

Moving expense reimbursement 

We pay for relocation expenses for new attorneys from outside the areas in which they will practice, including a house-hunting trip, subject to our relocation policy.

Please contact the local office Legal Recruiting Administrator for questions related to the above policies.

Current Legal Openings

 
 

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1L Diversity Fellow

Washington, D.C., Southern California, Delaware, Boston, Silicon Valley, Dallas, Twin Cities, Houston, New York, Atlanta, Austin

First-year law student in good standing at an ABA accredited law school. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community. Please provide completed Application Form, directed personal statement, undergraduate transcript, legal writing sample, and references with your resume to Fellowship@fr.com. Applications will be accepted from December 1, 2016 to January 13, 2017. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Technology Specialist

Boston

Strong background in mechanical or biomedical engineering; advanced degree and/or engineering work experience preferred but not required.  Excellent writing and academic credentials required.  1-3 years of patent prosecution experience strongly preferred.  Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Boston

PhD in chemistry or closely related field. 3+ years of patent prosecution experience and USPTO registration strongly preferred. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Previous experience in pharmaceuticals and a degree or strong background in organic or synthetic chemistry a plus. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Prosecution Associate

Boston

JD 2013-2016 – PhD in chemistry or closely related field. 3+ years of patent prosecution experience and USPTO registration strongly preferred. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Previous experience in pharmaceuticals and a degree or strong background in organic or synthetic chemistry a plus. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Washington, D.C.

The ideal candidate should hold an advanced degree in electrical engineering, computer science or closely related field and have excellent verbal and written Korean language skills; USPTO registration is preferred, but not required. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. 1-4 years of patent prosecution experience is strongly preferred. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume. Junior associate candidates may also be considered.

Technology Specialist

Silicon Valley

Strong background in computer science, physics, or some form of engineering with substantial software experience; USPTO registration is preferred, but not required. Good academic credentials and excellent writing skills required. 1-3 years of patent prosecution experience is strongly preferred. This position allows for working remotely the majority of the time, and we will consider candidates located within 2 hours driving time of the Silicon Valley office. Occasional travel to the office for training and client meetings will be required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Washington, D.C.

Strong preference for those with experience in machine learning or quantum computing or closely related field; USPTO registration is preferred, but not required. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. 1-3 years of patent prosecution experience is strongly preferred. This position allows for working remotely the majority of the time, and we will consider candidates located within 2 hours driving time of one of our offices, ideally Washington, DC or Silicon Valley. Occasional travel to the office for training and client meetings will be required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

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